f rice and fertilizer futures, guiding more compan

anies and fund managers entering the market, and assisting in formulating the Futures Law.

“As prices of bulk commodities fluctuated frequently and shar

ply in recent years, the real economy has a huge demand for risk management,” Lu said, str

essing the importance of accelerating the development of the futures market amid uncertainties.

China stepped up efforts to open up the commodity futures mar

ket last year, making three futures contracts available to f

oreign investors so far, including crude oil, iron ore and purified ter

ephthalic acid (PTA), a raw material for making plastics.

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Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted by per

rcent to 48 percent to leave the EU, it remains a member and its politicians are still argui

ng over how, when or even whether the country will leave the club it joined in 1973.

May quit on Friday, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit and

arguing that the decision of the 2016 referendum should be honoured. That opened up a period of furt

her uncertainty as the Conservatives decide on who will take over as party leader and prime minister.

BBC projections put the Conservatives on around 10 to 12 percent, down fr

om 23 percent in 2014, likely to be one of the party’s worst results in a nationwide election ever.

The Brexit Party was in first place, and was likely to do better than

the UK Independence Party did in 2014, according to BBC projections.

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Xi hailed Zhang’s deeds, saying the elderly hero hid the

 for more than 60 years and stayed true to his original aspirations. As a s

oldier, Zhang defended the country; as a civilian, he works for the people’s well-being, Xi said.

Zhang lives a life of simplicity, purity and indifference to fame and fortune, serving as a role

model for military officers, rank-and-file soldiers and veterans across the country, Xi said.

Zhang, a member of the CPC, was a soldier of Brigade 359 of the Northwest Field Ar

my, one of the main forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army during the Liberation War between 1945 and 1949.

He was honored by the Northwest Field Army sever

al times for performing meritorious deeds as he braved enemy fire. He was twice given the honorary title of C

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The integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta re

gion must focus on the key elements of greater integration and high-quality developmen

t to lead the growth of the whole Yangtze River Economic Belt and East China, the statement said.

The meeting called for better awareness of integrated development and putting the region’s growt

h into the perspective of a unified strategy, as well as the development of a modern economic system.

It also required adequate coordination and implementation to ensure the effective implementation of various tasks in the plan.

The delta region, including Shanghai and Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces, is among the areas with the most robust econ

omic growth, the highest level of opening-up and the strongest capacities in innovation in China.

The total GDP of the delta region reached 21 trillion yuan ($3.06 trillion) in 2018, which

accounted for around one-fourth of the national total, according to Economic Daily.

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With the 1,000-day countdown celebration comes a ne

ew stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijin

g and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. “We will end

eavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”

The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the

Water Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in prepa

ring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.

According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 v

enues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faciliti

es built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) into a

curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.

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anqing and Zhangjiakou are preparing another venues, in

including existing ski resorts and some newly built projects, to host all eight Olympic snow sports

in 2022. The three clusters will be connected by a new high-speed railway, which will be completed by t

he end of this year. It looks beyond the Games to boost future winter sports tourism.

According to the organizing committee, all 26 venues for 2022 will be ready by June next year with the f

irst test event, a World Cup skiing series, scheduled to be held in Yanqing’s National Alpine Skiing Center in February.

About 90 percent of the earth moving work for the mountain center is now complete, and a 53-hecta

re forest reserve has been built nearby for transplantation of all the trees affected by the construction.

“The preparations are ready to step up to the next stage, from planning to

the readiness phase. Beijing is ahead in the race against time,” said Liu Yumin, dire

ctor of the planning, construction and sustainable development department of the 2022 Olympic Organizing Committee.

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China has exercised great restraint and goodwill in

trying to maintain stable relations with the US,” he said.

Li Haidong, a professor of US studies at China Foreign Affairs Universi

ty, said Washington has pushed a hard line in relations with Beijing in recent years.

“The Taiwan question is much more complicated and nonnegotiable,” Li said.

“If the US side continues to misinterpret the one-­China policy, it will irreparably damage Sino­-US ties,” he warned.

The US Senate will have to vote on the act before it can become law. The time of the vote is unknown.

“The consensus among US officials is to be tough on China, and room for rational option

s is rapidly shrinking as overconfidence and rash actions become the new norm,” he said.

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Horticultural exhibits delve into high-tech magic

The ongoing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 in Beijing is all about gar

dening, but it doesn’t shy away from high technology that improves visitors’ experience.

To provide visitors with information services, ticket purchasing, parking, travel routes, introductions to scenic sp

ots, medical services, performance arrangements and traveling tips, a mobile phone app called Expo 2019 was developed.

It’s like having a tour guide at hand, said Guo Ziliang, an official at the Beijing World Horticultural Expo Coordination Bureau, the expo’s organizer.

“The app shows people how to conveniently and efficiently make their way through the park,” he said. “It also helps improve the park’s reception capacity.”

The 162-day expo, from April 29 to Oct 7, is expected to receive a total of 16 million visitors.

The app, available in bilingual versions-English and Chinese-can be downloaded for free from online app stores.

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Wang Bo, executive director of the Advanced Resea

rch Institute of Multidisciplinary Science at the Beijing Institute of Technology, was a winner of the Beiji

ng May Fourth Youth Medal, an honor awarded to outstanding young people from all walks of life in the capital.

“As a researcher and an educator, I will focus on combining the pursuit

of science with the country’s interests and people’s needs and try to make greater ach

ievements in the teaching and research of environmental protection and green energy,” Wang said.

Yan Xiaojun, Party secretary of the School of Energy and Power Engineering at Beih

ang University, said Xi’s speech has provided a direction to help young people grow.

“We should trust young teachers, help them develop, and support them to g

row up as a major force for the development of China’s aerospace industry,” he said.

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Xi also called for the two countries to further enhan

ce exchanges between their legislatures, political parties, youth, think tanks, media

and local authorities to cement their people’s support for friendly bilateral ties.

Bhandari said the joint building of the Belt and Road is a historic initiative and has an important global influence.

The initiative has served as a good platform for Nepal-China cooperation, she said.

The Nepali president expressed her congratulations on the 7

0th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and s

aid it is admirable what the Chinese people have achieved under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.

China is a true friend of Nepal, and Nepal sees opportunities in China’s prosperity and stability, Bhandari said.

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